How to Rotate a Picture in Google Docs

Sometimes a picture that you add to a document in Google Docs won’t be oriented properly. Use these steps to rotate a picture in Google Docs.

  1. Sign into Google Drive and open the document.
  2. Click on the picture.
  3. Click and hold on the circular handle on the picture.
  4. Drag the handle until the picture is rotated correctly.

This article continues below with additional information and pictures for each of the steps.

Sometimes a picture that you take with a digital picture will be flipped to landscape or portrait orientation despite the orientation that you intended it to have.

This also applies to some pictures that you find online, as the person that uploaded it may have flipped it on the website rather than with an image editing program.

Regardless of the reason why a picture might be rotated incorrectly, you might find yourself needing to adjust the rotation of a picture that you’ve added to your Google Docs file.

Our guide below will show you how to rotate a picture in Google Docs.

How to Rotate a Picture in a Google Doc

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will also work in desktop versions of other Web browsers as well.

Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and open your document.

Step 2: Find the picture to rotate and click on it.

select the picture

Step 3: Click and hold on the circular handle extending from the picture.

how to rotate a picture in Google Docs

Step 4: Drag the handle to rotate the picture to the desired orientation.

Google Docs rotated picture

You can also rotate a picture by clicking on it, clicking the Image options button, selecting the Size & Rotation tab then using the options under Rotate.

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